Offbeat Bike Ride Destinations That Are Not Pondy Or Mahabs For Your Next Trip With The Squad
Do you think as a Chennaiite your options for taking road trips from the city are limited? No, we don’t think so. There are quite a few gorgeous getaway options from our city, which are not Pondy or Mahabs. As bustling as Namma Chennai is, sometimes, the city life can get a wee bit monotonous and hectic. So in case, you couldn’t get a booking at a hill station or place by the beach for the upcoming long weekend, fret not. LBB’s list of handy bike routes will make you want to go on a road trip instantly. So, get your squad, put your helmets on, throttle your engine and get, set go…
Not very far from Chennai, this is an offbeat getaway from the city. The Pulicat Lake is the second largest water lagoon in India, and is home to thousands of migratory birds from all over the world. The lake encompasses the Pulicat Lake Bird Sanctuary, and is in close proximity to Sriharikota, the barrier island which hosts one of the only satellite centres in India. The lake has 16 islands which has an option of camping, and is a photographer’s paradise. Bird watching and boating is very popular in this lake.
Distance from Chennai: 60 kms
Duration: 1-2 hours
Tada falls, also known as Ubbalamdugu Falls, is en-route to Tirupathi. It is a popular trekking route due to the presence of beautiful streams and rocks in the forest, leading to the massive Tada falls. Although there aren’t any guides, our trekking friends tell me to follow the stream if I lose my way to the falls! It is also a perfect destination for camping overnight! So get your squad together for a bike trip to Tada falls, and camp in a tent overnight!
Distance from Chennai: 90 kilometres
Duration: 2 hours
A lesser-known getaway from Chennai, Tranquebar or Tharangambadi, was the first Danish trading post in India established in 1620. Yet again another attraction along the ECR, Tranquebar, a beachside colonial town, is filled with buildings from the yesteryears – the Danish museum, the Jerusalem Church and Fort Dansborg (sea-facing for) among others. However, the main attraction is the gorgeous sea which has the cleanest sand and the most beautiful seashells. This town certainly has the perfect beaches for a peaceful getaway.
Distance from Chennai: 270 kms
Duration: 6 hours
The amazing weather of Yercaud makes it a tempting getaway from the sultry heat of Chennai. The popular tourist spots like the lake, Pagoda Point and the Kiliyur falls make it a perfect hill station destination for a peaceful holiday. The road leading up from Salem town to Yercaud is a biker’s paradise, with the right amount of green cover and sloped roads.
Distance from Chennai: 360 Kilometres
Duration: 6-7 hours
Pichavaram Mangrove Forest
The Pichavaram Mangrove Forest near Chidambaram is the world’s second largest mangrove forests, and yes, it can be reached through a six hour smooth cruise along the ECR! Pichavaram is a true road trip. A photographer’s favourite haunt, the forest consists of a number of islands covered with lush greenery, and is separated from the sea by a sand bar. The Pichavaram Mangroves attract birds from all over the world, and the scene of the beautiful birds from your boat with the mangroves as the backdrop is a scene to die for!
Distance from Chennai: 215 Kilometres
Duration: 5 hours
Yelagiri is the perfect hill station to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The beautiful highway leading to the town is a pleasure for bikers. Apart from the usuals like boating, Yelagiri also has paragliding and hiking options for the adventurer in you! Yelagiri is just the break that you require, and is the closest hill station to Chennai. The weather is pleasant all throughout the year, and is a perfect spot for pitching a tent and camping. The high number of bikers on this route has encouraged many to set up road site eateries and rent-a-tent options en-route to Yelagiri.
Distance from Chennai: 230 kms
Duration: 5 hours
A beautiful hill station a few hours away from Chennai, Horsley Hills is truly a lesser-known getaway not too far from the city. Due to not too many folks knowing about it, this hill station relatively less crowded and unpolluted — the two perfect ingredients for a peaceful getaway. Although there aren’t too many things to do here, the scenic view from the peak of Horsley Hills is worth the drive down there. It is the perfect destination for you and your buddy to get on the bike for a long drive and amazing views!
Distance from Chennai: 275 kms
Duration: 6 hours